Originally Posted by nwcp
I've always used my AR in 5.56 grain, or another AR in 6.8SPCII. The animals drop on the spot as long as I do my job and hit them. I'm even contemplating using my 25-06 with a light load to see how it does. I just think the 17's are too light for coyotes. JMHO
Yes the 5.56x45mm NATO/ .223 Rem and others do a right smart job on a Yote.. I've killed these critters with everything from .22 LR to .375 H&H magnum.. rifles & pistols... that was also a hoot. But for some real fun with near zero recoil; a fast tracking 25gr bullet at 4000 fps plus; was like watching a T.V hunting program through my scope.. just plain enjoyable. Non of the bolt and buffer mover like in the AR's..no felt recoil bounce that you can even get from a lighter .223 Rem bolt rifle.. Just a near Kodak moment picture of the impact and what the Yote did "or" didn't do next.
I've always figured that 300 yards and under was about right for most calling while still making a sport out of it. If I wanted to punch one at 500 to 1K plus yards then I'd break out my LR rifles and dedicated varmint rifles.
Like most here, I've popped a metric ton of lead at Yotes with an AR.. I've seen friends screw the pooch on the first shoot, then somewhere between 25 and 30 later catch up with that dog and end the blast fest... Others have three to five dogs come in and near finishes them all off with 30 round mag.. Great fun, actually more fun to watch, I can't stop laughing some times, sounds a little morbid I know, probably should go see Dr. Phil about that.
Don't underestimate the fun of the 17's and 20's... because they are fun, and they work great in their performance envelope, as does must calibers.
Just making conversation.